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Summary: A look at what repentace is and why it's so necessary.

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Basic outline:

“It’s His Job, Right?”: We expect God to be merciful, but we forget that repentance is required.

- Jeremiah 3:12b (merciful/angry forever).

What’s It Look Like? Repentance is less a charge of emotion and more a change of direction.

- Jeremiah 3:13b (obeyed).

The First Step: Repentance requires admitting you’re guilty of specific sins.

- Jeremiah 3:13a (acknowledge your guilt).

Why It Matters So Much To God: This is so important because God see wanton sin as adultery.

- Jeremiah 3:8 (adultery), 14 (husband).

A Final, Extra Warning: The stakes are higher for Christians because guilt increases with knowledge.

- Jeremiah 3:11.

Full text:

“It’s His Job, Right?”: We expect God to be merciful, but we forget that repentance is required.

- Jeremiah 3:12b (merciful/angry forever).

- Today it’s pretty much the default setting for most folks that God is forgiving and merciful.

- Most people just presume that God will forgive their sins.

- Unfortunately and tragically, they too often presume that the forgiveness is automatic and requires nothing from them.

- In truth, God does stand ready and willing to forgive. Jesus’ death has made forgiveness possible. But it’s necessary that we repent of our sins in order to be forgiven.

- Jesus doesn’t excuse our sins; He forgives them.

- Excusing means just winking at them and saying that they’re no big deal. Forgiving means acknowledging that it’s serious and you’re guilty, but that He offers to make you clean anyway.

- God is more than willing to forgive, but we have to be willing to repent of our sin.

- Why don’t we do this? Why do we dislike repentance so much?

- I think (a) it hurts our pride, and (b) we don’t like admitting fault.

What’s It Look Like? Repentance is less a charge of emotion and more a change of direction.

- Jeremiah 3:13b (obeyed).

- Most people think of “repentance” in terms of tears cried at an altar or maybe that knot in your stomach that makes you sorry you did it.

- The core of it: an emotion.

- Now, I’m not against emotion. And I’ve rejoiced on many occasions at tears cried at a moment of decision for God.

- But the emotion is a symptom. It can be a sign that the real thing is going on.

- The true repentance is in the action.

- Repentance means to go 180 degrees in the other direction. It means a changed direction.

- There may be tears and emotion that accompany that moment of realization and the choice to turn around, but the emotion is not the most important thing. The most important thing is the action.

- One way that this is proven is that throughout Jeremiah God points to what Israel is doing (not what they’re thinking or feeling) as proof of the problem.

- We’ve often made forgiveness to be, at best, something like: “if you feel bad about what you did, ask God to forgive you and He will.”

- In that, we’ve left out the repentance part of the equation. Recognizing sin in our life should include desperately wanting it out of our life. If I ask God to “forgive” me, but I have no desire or inclination to actually get rid of that sin, it may be time to stop and reevaluate what’s going on here.


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